Garrison Keillor and Paula Poundstone Come to Bay Street in 2022

Garrison Keillor. Courtesy Bay Street Theater.

Bay Street Theater will bring legendary storytellers and audience favorites Garrison Keillor and Paula Poundstone to the stage this spring, adding to a growing lineup of hilarious and talented special guests in the new year.

On Saturday, April 23, at 8 p.m. Garrison Keillor of “Prairie Home Companion” fame will take the stage with his brand new show, Garrison Keillor Tonight, an evening of stand-up, storytelling, audience song and poetry. During Memorial Day Weekend, on Saturday, May 28, at 8 p.m., the ever-popular Paula Poundstone returns with her hilarious observational humor and spontaneous wit. Tickets for both shows are on available now at 631-725-9500 or at

Garrison Keillor ran the public radio show “A Prairie Home Companion” for 40 years, wrote fiction and comedy, and invented a town called Lake Wobegon, where all the children are above average, even though he himself grew up evangelical in a small separatist flock where all the children expected the imminent end of the world.

He’s busy in retirement, having written a memoir and a book of limericks and is at work on a musical and a Lake Wobegon screenplay, and he continues to do “The Writers Almanac” which is sent out free daily to internet subscribers. He and wife Jenny Lind Nilsson live in Minneapolis, not far from the YMCA where he was sent for swimming lessons at age 12 after his cousin drowned, and he skipped the lessons and went to the public library instead and to a radio studio to watch a noontime show with singers and a band. Thus, his course in life was set.

Paula Poundstone. Courtesy Bay Street Theater.

Paula Poundstone is known for her smart, observational humor and a spontaneous wit that has become the stuff of legend. Time magazine, in the March 2020 “Best of” issue, listed Poundstone’s HBO special, “Cats, Cops and Stuff” as one of The five Funniest Stand-Up Specials Ever. She can be heard weekly as the host of the comedy podcast, “Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone” and as a regular panelist on NPR’s comedy news quiz, “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!”

Also an author, Poundstone’s second book, “The Totally Unscientific Study Of The Search For Human Happiness” (Algonquin) was one of eight semi-finalists for The Thurber Prize for American Humor, the highest recognition of the art of humor writing in the United States. The audio book was one of five finalists for the Audio Book of the Year AUDIE award.

Bay Street Theater is on Long Wharf in Sag Harbor. Tickets for both shows are on available now at 631-725-9500 or at